How to Eat What You Want During the Holidays and STILL Lose Weight Safely

By Arlene Kahn Therapy • November 16th, 2010
Pumpkin pie, from

One piece, savored slowly, can be very satsifying

You can eat what you want, you just can’t eat ALL that you might want, but you can eat ALL that your body wants.   The name of the game is Body Attunement.  You and your body are attached and there needs to be an attunement to what you want and what your body says is “enough, for now.”  That means enjoying what you eat while recognizing your body’s limits.

If we give it a chance, our body is our “safe haven”, it is what carries us and in that sense, it provides a secure base from which we can dream, think, explore and still stay grounded.  At the holidays though, it’s hard to stay grounded.   We are flooded with food and drinks, our expectations of others, and others’ expectations of us.

With holiday returns to family, often desires are stirred, long-denied needs are  re-awakened and without a “safe haven” inside ourselves, we look to spending too much money, eating too much  food and drinking more than is healthy in order to  try to satisfy inner cravings for being seen, appreciated, recognized and loved.  This year, you can lose weight safely, by enjoying the taste of each alluring food,  drinking for pleasure, not to get buzzed, and appreciating giving and receiving smaller gifts that won’t put you in debt.

Most of all, when standing or sitting in front of the cheesecake, or the rich and colorful pumpkin pie with a splash of whipped cream, try breathing and staying aware of your breathing, till you feel centered.  This can keep you in touch with your body, which can keep you grounded and realistic even while we fly and dart from one  experience to another.  Whether the experiences are wonderful and uplifting, or disappointing or a let-down, being embodied gives us inner support, protection from over-eating out of celebration or emotional needs.  It is the ultimate road to losing weight safely during the holidays.

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